We love summer in Manchester. It’s our favourite day of the year. Actually, that’s unfair. We’re set to have at least a week of sunshine this year in between hailstones and soggy rain showers. Well, at least we can dress the part.

The latest trends from the SS17 fashion shows have hit Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre and they’re not what you might expect. Even though we shudder to think of what we used to wear in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s all coming back around. From flashy colour blocks to slogan tees to acid wash denim, here are some of the trends to look out for in the warmer weather. Thankfully, there are no nylon tracksuits or jelly shoes to be found.

Slogan T-shirts

This statement really lets your wear your heart on your sleeve or rather on your T-shirt. The trend this spring/summer is to say it loud and proud with a slogan. Whether it’s the bold FEMINIST t-shirt from Topshop or New Look that’s been seen all over Instagram or something a little more demure from Zara, this edgy trend is set to stick.  Buy your t-shirt one size too big and roll up the sleeves. Tuck it in on the side. Double points if you layer it with a denim jacket and a choker necklace. Drew Barrymore would be proud.

Florals and prints

If your fashion philosophy has always been less is more, this one’s probably not for you. Florals (yes, flowers and all things flowery) are back for spring. Whether you’re going big and bold with embroidered clothing from Khaadi – which opened its first store in the north west at intu Trafford Centre this week – or trying the more bohemian vibe of Topshop and/or River Island, one thing’s for sure. You’ll be seeing them a whole heap more floral. And not just on your gran’s curtains.

Bright block colours

When Rick Ross talked about wearing sunglasses at night, it’s probably because he’d just stepped out of the SS17 fashion show. The trend this year is bringing back all of those 80’s squint-worthy super brights. Whether you want to channel your inner George Michael and wear pastel pink or Boy George in Kermit green, there’s only one rule – block colour and lots of it. Browse in New Look and/or Topshop.

Denim

This isn’t just any kind of denim. This is 90’s acid wash denim. It’s back to the days when in between listening to Take That and staring at posters of Leonardo Di Caprio, we styled ourselves up in acid-washed jeans, jelly shoes and door knocker earrings. Thankfully, the jellies and door knockers are staying in the 90’s but, somehow, fashionistas couldn’t get enough of acid-washed denim then and they can’t now. Designers have, once again, sent bleached jeans down the catwalk. Grab yourself a pair at the many shops around intu Trafford Centre like Stradivarius and/or Pull&Bear. Think MC Hammer-style boyfriend jeans, albeit with a bit less flair.

Robes

Yes. The type you throw on after a hot bath to get into bed. The PJ robe coat is set to be a huge trend for the warmer weather. Throw it on over jeans and heels for the put-together casual look or pair it with a slip dress for a little va va voom. Plus points for the fact you can spin from happy hour to home time and not need to change to get into bed. Get yours from Stradivarius.

For more store information visit intu.co.uk/traffordcentre

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